Passengers retained on smoking plane ‘said the Lord’s Prayer’ as it was…

Travellers stuck on board a smoking plane as it was brought in to land have revealed they ‘said the Lord’s prayer’ during its descent yesterday (January 3).

The aircraft, which was en route from Manchester to Portugal, was forced to make an emergency landing in Brest, France, following reports of a fire on board.

Ryanair flight FR4052 took off from Manchester Airport shortly after 6.30pm. and was heading to Faro in Portugal.

But mid-journey, the cabin started smoking due to a technical fault and the pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Brest in western France, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Patricia Smith, was one of the few people on board the flight last night.

She said that she ‘said the Lord’s prayer’ during the emergency landing, which according to flight examination sites saw it drop thousands of feet within minutes.

She said: “The crew were first class. The pilots remained totally calm issuing very clear instructions on procedures and the brace position.

“All of the passengers stayed calm although I did recite the Lord’s Prayer as we started to plummet to land.

“Nobody moved. We all sat practising the brace position. It sounds strange, but you could have heard a pin drop.

“It was a very frightening experience but passengers afterwards remained calm and joked with each other.

“There was the British spirit once we had made the fast descent.

“People joked ‘get that bar open’ and that it had been ‘better than the black hole ride at Alton Towers.

“Thankfully there was no young children who would have been terrified as I was.

“The Ryanair crew were a credit to the Aviation industry.”

Following its landing, travellers sat for 15 to 20 minutes before they were taken into the airport and handed food in a box.

And within three hours, they had been moved onto a substitute London flight to Faro to meet their final destination.

The Boeing 747 aircraft was pictured on the runway with fire crews in attendance after it landed shortly after 8.30pm.

Flight tracking software also suggested that the plane descended rapidly from 41,000ft to 6,725ft in just seven minutes.

Ryanair has since confirmed that a technical fault caused smoke in the cabin.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This flight from Manchester to Faro, Jan 3, diverted to Brest Airport as a precaution due to a minor technical issue which caused an unidentified smoke smell in the cabin.

“Passengers disembarked the aircraft as normal and were taken to a obtain area in Brest airport where they were provided with refreshments.

“An aircraft from London Stansted was arranged to carry the passengers on the remainder of their journey to Faro, following a delay of under 3 hours.

“Following an inspection of the aircraft by our engineers, the aircraft was released back to service.”



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